Strokestown Show ‘one of most successful in recent memory’

The chairperson of Strokestown Agricultural Show has said the event last Saturday went “100 per cent to plan” and that it was one of the most successful shows in recent memory with large crowds attending from all parts of Ireland.

John O’Beirne said the decision to host a one-day event on a trial basis was taken due to uncertainty around Covid-19, but he wouldn’t rule out a repeat for shows in the future.

“Saturday, September 10th was a brilliant day weather-wise and from our point of view as a committee. Everything ran like clockwork and we had an unbelievable crowd in attendance,” he said this week.

“Running the event on one day worked out really well. It was something that we as a committee had discussed in previous years and this year we decided to go ahead with it due to Covid-19. It’s up to the committee as to whether we decide to run it over one day in the future but we were really pleased with how it worked out this year”.

Mr. O’Beirne said participants and spectators came to Strokestown from all across the country.

“The people on the gate couldn’t get over the amount of people coming from all over Ireland. We had people from as far away as Kerry paying at the gate that Saturday,” he said.

“Our one big issue was fitting everything in on the grounds but make no mistake, this was a full agricultural show with everything from horses, sheep and dogs to amusements for kids, farm and garden produce and music and entertainment.

“It was a huge undertaking for our stewards and the many volunteers, some of whom were with us for the first time from various different groups. Without them we would have struggled to stage such a successful show”.

The Strokestown Agricultural Society chairperson concluded by thanking sponsors, all those who came out to support the show, and those who played any role in the success of the event.

“It was one of the most successful shows that I have ever seen here and it was a credit to all those involved,” he concluded.